Hosting your own countdown shindig this weekend? Prepare to wow rowdy revelers with a wine list expertly curated (and annotated) by RN74’s lead sommelier, Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen.
2007 Argyle Blanc de Blancs Knudsen Vineyard Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, $50
Vibrant citrus, pear, brioche, candied lemon, and pear blossom dance on the palate. Brisk enough acidity to serve as a sense-awakening aperitif.
2006 Soter Vineyards Brut Rose Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, $58
Notes of fresh ginger, vanilla, cranberry, and lemon curd. Rich enough to accompany the most decadent main course.
2010 Syncline Roussanne, Horse Heaven Hills, $21
Fermented in neutral oak barrels, the lush wine takes on a texture and weight to please the red-wine-only drinker.
2010 ÀMaurice Sparrow Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $33
Winemaker Anna Schaefer has crafted the finest viognier Thorsen has tasted from Washington. Initially lean and crisp, it has bruised peach, nectarine, and orange blossom that come to the fore as it warms.
2008 Evening Land Chardonnay Summum Seven Springs Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, $108
Summum sings in the glass with lemon, green apple, thyme, and searing mineral-focused acidity.
2009 Love & Squalor Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $21
Classic Oregon pinot noir: medium in body with black cherry, sandalwood, dried rose, and savory herbs.
2009 Kerloo Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $34
The tempranillo has the finesse of rioja and a freshness that is distinctly Washington.
2009 Waters Forgotten Hills Syrah, $60
Only made every few vintages. A dead ringer for Northern Rhone syrah, with aromas of smoked game, leather, crush asphalt, sweet pipe tobacco, and violets.
2008 Cadence Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard, Red Mountain, $55
One of Washington’s wine treasures, it is ideal for roast lamb or a bold steak.
Goes down easy, doesn’t it?
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